First Folio Celebration
The Elizabethan Club is pleased to present a series of events to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio. We begin with the first full-scale public exhibition of our collection of early modern play manuscripts and early printed editions. The opening celebration will be on Sept 28. The Club is also sponsoring a symposium and a concert.
Maynard Mack Lecture
The Elizabethan Club administers an annual lecture, which brings to Yale every year a distinguished theatre practitioner to speak on a topic of his or her choice. The Lectureship honors the late Maynard Mack, Sterling Professor of English at Yale, chair of the Department, and eminent scholar and critic of Shakespeare and Pope. The Mack Lecture Committee has invited Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez to be the next Mack Lecture speakers in a conversation with Dan Egan, scheduled for Friday, April 12, 2024.
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Elizabethan Club Essay Prizes
The Yale University Elizabethan Club awards prizes for the best Yale gradutate student term paper and/or dissertation and the best Yale undergraduate student term paper or senior thesis/project on subjects of interest to the Club: outstanding work on literature, arts or culture of the Renaissance, work on interpretations, adaptations or criticism relating to literature, arts and culture of the Renaissance, work based on research done in the Elizabethan Club Collection (used at the Beinecke Library).
For details on submission, please see the link here on the Early Modern Studies site. The deadline is April 21, 2023. Past awardees may be found here.
The Founder: Alexander Smith Cochran
The Club’s founder was a man of considerable interest. Alexander Smith Cochran’s family had been in the carpet manufacturing business in Yonkers, New York, for several generations. On leaving Yale, Cochran entered the carpet works as a hand and moved rapidly up to become president five years later. After the death of his uncle, he installed another man as president and turned full-time to his three leisure devotions—yachting, books, and philanthropy.
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Contributions to the Elizabethan Club help support the Club’s educational programming, outreach to students and scholars, and expansion and conservation of its important collection of rare books and manuscripts. Your contribution helps further the Elizabethan Club’s mission of supporting the arts and letters. Contributions can be made to general operating funds or to the Stephen Parks Fund as described below.